Energous Corporation Reports 2016 Second-Quarter Results

SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/09/16 -- Energous Corporation ("Energous®" or "the Company") (NASDAQ: WATT), the developer of WattUp®, a revolutionary wire-free charging technology that provides over-the-air power at a distance, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016 and provided an update on its operational progress.

Recent Highlights

  • Announced a private placement of $20 million from Malcolm Fairbairn, the principal of Ascend Capital LLC (a multi-billion dollar hedge fund manager based in California) and certain affiliates, representing an increase from their previously acquired stake in the company. They provided early stage funding to Energous at its founding and have been valued long-term investors.
  • Announced that the company met a significant delivery milestone in July with its top-tier strategic partner representing substantial progress toward achieving full integration into the partner's consumer devices. Also generated an invoice for engineering-related services, based on the achievement of additional technology milestones with the strategic partner.
  • Signed four new development and licensing agreements during the quarter, spanning the full complement of WattUp transmitter categories: Miniature, Midsize, and Full-size, bringing the total number of licensing agreements to five. The company is currently focusing on 30 active prospective licensees and plans to hire additional engineers to allow Energous to support an additional 50 who have expressed an interest in integrating the company's WattUp technology.
  • In addition to the four new licensing agreements, the company signed agreements to develop "proof of concept" prototypes with two tier-one companies. These engagements bypass an evaluation period and proceed directly to the integration of the WattUp technology in these potential licensees' respective consumer devices.
  • Said that expansion of its licensee base is occurring at a faster pace than the company's original projections.
  • Reconfirmed timeframes for path to expected market availability:
    • Received FCC approval for the Miniature WattUp transmitter design, which is expected to be incorporated into products from partners and shipped to consumers late this year/early next year.
    • Said the Midsize WattUp transmitter design, which will enable a charging zone of two to three feet for a desktop, automotive or similar application, is on pace to be commercially available by the end of the third quarter of 2017, and;
    • Restated that the Full-size WattUp transmitter design, which will enable a charging zone of 15 feet, is targeted for integration into partner products late 2017, early 2018.
  • Disclosed the company has specifically developed its WattUp technology to meet all current regulatory rules for RF exposure as well as all other rules to allow these devices to receive regulatory approval.
  • Announced that the Energous WattUp chipset is on schedule to be ready for mass production in the third quarter, and that the company expects to receive its first orders for the WattUp chipset in the fourth quarter of 2016.
  • Reiterated its previous forecast for exiting the third quarter of 2017 at a monthly cash flow break even run rate.

"Energous continues to execute at an aggressive pace to deliver on its vision of a WattUp ecosystem spanning a broad spectrum of devices, markets and technologies," said Stephen R. Rizzone, President and CEO. "We've made significant progress with our strategic partner, substantially grown our licensee base and prospect funnel, and our chipsets are on schedule to be ready for mass production in the third quarter. With the new investment from Ascend Capital and our first silicon and royalty revenues expected before the end of this year, our financial position is secure. We are poised to expand our company and accelerate the pace of licensee expansion to make our vision of a ubiquitous WattUp ecosystem a reality and solidify our position as market leader."

Unaudited 2016 Second Quarter Financial Results
For the second quarter ended June 30, 2016:

  • Revenue of approximately $0.2 million; $10.5 million in operating expenses, comprised of $7.5 million in R&D, $2.4 million in G&A and approximately $0.6 million in marketing.
  • Net loss of $10.3 million, or $0.62 per basic and diluted share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP financial measure) loss of $8.5 million.
  • $14.2 million in cash and cash equivalents at the end of the second quarter with no debt.

2016 Second Quarter Conference Call
Energous will host a conference call to discuss its financial results and recent progress.

When: Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Time: 1:30 p.m. PT (4:30 p.m. ET)
Phone: 866-235-9911 (domestic); 412-317-1083 (international)
Replay: Accessible through August 16, 2016
877-344-7529 (domestic); 412-317-0088 (international); passcode 10090384
Webcast: Accessible at Energous.com; archive available for approximately one year

Note about Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to the unaudited results presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, in this press release, Energous presents adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted EBITDA is determined by taking net loss and eliminating the impacts of interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation, the change in fair value of derivative liabilities, and the gain on the extinguishment of debt. Our definition of adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to the definitions of similarly-titled measures used by other companies. We believe that this non-GAAP financial measure, viewed in addition to and not in lieu of its reported GAAP results, provides useful information to investors by providing a more focused measure of operating results. This metric is used as part of the company's internal reporting to evaluate its operations and the performance of senior management. A table reconciling this measure to the comparable GAAP measure is available in the accompanying financial tables below.

About Energous Corporation
Energous Corporation is the developer of WattUp® -- an award-winning, wire-free charging technology that will transform the way consumers and industries charge and power electronic devices at home, in the office, in the car and beyond. WattUp is a revolutionary radio frequency (RF) based charging solution that delivers intelligent, scalable power via radio bands, similar to a Wi-Fi router. WattUp differs from current wireless charging systems in that it delivers contained power, at a distance, to multiple devices -- thus resulting in a wire-free experience that saves users from having to remember to plug in their devices. For more information, please visit Energous.com, or follow Energous on Twitter and Facebook.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that are intended to be covered by the "safe harbor" created by those sections. Forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe our future plans, strategies and expectations, can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terms such as "believe," "expect," "may," "will," "should," "could," "seek," "intend," "plan," "estimate," "anticipate" or other comparable terms. All statements in this release that are not based on historical fact are "forward-looking statements." Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements we make regarding expectations for market developments, technological advances, anticipated results of our development efforts, and the timing for receipt of required regulatory approvals and product launches. While management has based any forward-looking statements included in this release on its current expectations, the information on which such expectations were based may change. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause our actual results and financial condition to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements include, among others, the following: our ability to develop a commercially feasible technology; receipt of necessary regulatory approvals; our ability to find and maintain development partners and licensees, market acceptance of our technology, the amount and nature of competition in our industry; our ability to protect our intellectual property; and the other risks and uncertainties described in the Risk Factors and in Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations sections of our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. We urge you to consider those risks and uncertainties in evaluating our forward-looking statements. We caution readers not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Except as otherwise required by the federal securities laws, we disclaim any obligation or undertaking to publicly release any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein (or elsewhere) to reflect any change in our expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

-- Financial Tables Follow --

Energous Corporation  
    As of  
    June 30, 2016     December 31, 2015  
Current assets:                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 14,191,312     $ 29,872,564  
  Accounts receivable     30,000       -  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets     819,583       722,249  
  Prepaid rent, current     80,784       80,784  
  Total current assets     15,121,679       30,675,597  
Property and equipment, net     1,681,525       1,730,365  
Prepaid rent, non-current     177,844       218,236  
Other assets     48,507       51,330  
    Total assets   $ 17,029,555     $ 32,675,528  
Current liabilities:                
  Accounts payable   $ 3,256,255     $ 2,324,973  
  Accrued expenses     1,231,372       1,075,879  
  Deferred revenue     211,818       -  
    Total current liabilities     4,699,445       3,400,852  
Stockholders' equity:                
  Preferred Stock, $0.00001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized at June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015; no shares issued or outstanding.     -       -  
  Common Stock, $0.00001 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized at June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015; 16,988,703 and 16,298,208 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively.     169       161  
  Additional paid-in capital     112,118,219       107,981,695  
  Accumulated deficit     (99,788,278 )     (78,707,180 )
    Total stockholders' equity     12,330,110       29,274,676  
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 17,029,555     $ 32,675,528  
Energous Corporation  
    For the Three Months Ended June 30,     For the Six Months Ended June 30,  
    2016     2015     2016     2015  
  Engineering product development   $ 181,818     $ 225,000     $ 318,182     $ 425,000  
    Total revenue     181,818       225,000       318,182       425,000  
Operating expenses:                                
  Research and development     7,462,360       3,779,852       15,136,453       8,055,416  
  Sales and marketing     646,177       684,416       1,453,244       1,728,310  
  General and administrative     2,360,453       1,910,702       4,816,066       3,722,844  
    Total operating expenses     10,468,990       6,374,970       21,405,763       13,506,570  
      Loss from operations     (10,287,172 )     (6,149,970 )     (21,087,581 )     (13,081,570 )
Other income (expense):                                
  Interest income     2,617       3,388       6,483       9,709  
    Total     2,617       3,388       6,483       9,709  
Net loss   $ (10,284,555 )   $ (6,146,582 )   $ (21,081,098 )   $ (13,071,861 )
Basic and diluted net loss per common share   $ (0.62 )   $ (0.48 )   $ (1.27 )   $ (1.02 )
Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and diluted     16,721,332       12,914,768       16,563,780       12,851,677  
Energous Corporation  
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Information  
    For the Three Months Ended June 30,     For the Six Months Ended June 30,  
    2016     2015     2016     2015  
Net loss (GAAP)   $ (10,284,555 )   $ (6,146,582 )   $ (21,081,098 )   $ (13,071,861 )
Add (subtract) the following items:                                
  Interest income     (2,617 )     (3,388 )     (6,483 )     (9,709 )
  Depreciation and amortization     182,468       223,082       374,572       414,301  
  Stock-based compensation     1,591,677       1,119,545       3,545,211       2,798,766  
Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP)   $ (8,513,027 )   $ (4,807,343 )   $ (17,167,798 )   $ (9,868,503 )

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Source: Energous Corporation